Tuesday, November 07, 2006

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Monday November 6th 2006
About my thesis 2


Does English curriculum have to unify in elementary school?
・・・・・・Today I will write about English activities’ goals and features for each grades in elementary schools and questionnaires.

1. feature
The following is important parts from some books.
○The lower graders
・ They can react to teacher’s voice and sounds naturally and they can
remember them.
・ They are not shy.
・ They like expressions of repeating, copying and music.
・ They are interested in ALTs.

○ the middle graders
・ They are accustomed to a school.
・ They have a pose to copy.
・ This is a last time to react obediently.
・ They are interested in language.
・ They look for the pleasure of expression in playing English games.

○ the upper graders
・ They have ability to think same to adults.
・ They can understand that meaning of inter-culture.
・ They look for complicated roles in games.

2.goals for each grades
‘’bring up children’s interest in English and their attitude toward using English ’’
(From the Ministry of Education)


○ the lower graders
・ be fond of English
・ play with English

○ the middle graders
・ enjoy English
・ play with conversation

○ the upper graders
・ get used to English
・ enjoy conversation with native speakers
(These are from some elementary schools.)

Actually, I couldn’t find concrete goals.
I don’t know whether these are goals which I need for my papers or not. There are some goals divided into 3 or 4 parts, but they were goals as English subject.

I think that these are good for elementary school students. And these are also good to achieve.

3.about questionnaires
Who----- some elementary school teachers
When---- in November
What----about English curriculum

Monday, October 30, 2006

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Monday, October 30, 2006
About my thesis

Today I will write about my thesis.

1. Paper’s research question

It’s ‘’ what are differences and common things of English classes among grades in elementary school? ’’. I think that classes should be changed with children’s growing. But it is not decided yet what kind of the content and activities are good in the lower grades, the middle and upper. I want to know this and teacher’s good attitudes in English activities.

2. How to research

I want to do questionnaires to teachers in some elementary schools.


3. Books I’ve read

‘’Nihonnnoeigokyouikunihituyounakoto’’ Yukio Oostu
‘’Korekaranoshougakkoueigokyouiku’’ Tadahiko Higuchi
‘’ Konnnahuunihajimetemiteha Shougakkoueigo’’
‘’Shougakkoueigo Seminar‘’ (three kinds of books)
‘’Shougakkoudenoeigokyouikuhahituyouka’’ Yukio Oostu
‘’Konnnahuunihajimetemiteha? Shougakkoueigokyouiku’’

4. Concrete plan to December

10/24~11/1
・ make a plan
・ write on my blog
・ reading books

11/1~11/8
・ reading books
・ background

11/8~11/15
・ make a questionnaire
・ reading books
・ draft

11/15~22
・ make a questionnaire
・ continue writing draft

11/22~27
・ ask questionnaires to teachers

Friday, June 30, 2006

Friday 30th June 2006
My advices to ALTs

I had a time to listen the stories of one junior high school English teacher Mr. M. I got some points which are useful in my teacher training. I want to tell these points to ALTs.

1) Making goals and remember them.

I think that this is difficult, but this is important for teachers. If teachers don't have any goals, students cannot get nothing or they cannot understand what is important.
So, teachers have to remember to make goals clearly and try to get students to understand them.

2) Teachers enjoy English!!!

I think that this is most important. Teachers' job is to teach English to students. But If teachers enjoy English classes, students can think that learning is not only tests or examinations to enter high school but also enjoy activities and enjoy to know another countries. I want students to feel that learning English is fun!!! For it, I want to enjoy English with each students.

3) Activities

I think that activities make students' understanding easier. Because in activities, students use their own body. And students can feel English' s interests. So teachers should use activities as many as you can, for example pare works, group works and works with all students. In these activities, teachers advise to students and teachers can take part in them.


I think that these points are important for teachers. So I would like to remember points and enjoy English classes.

My advices to ALTs

I had a time to listen the stories of one junior high school English teacher Mr. M. I got some points which are useful in my teacher training. I want to tell these points to ALTs.

1) Making goals and remember them.

I think that this is difficult, but this is important for teachers. If teachers don't have any goals, students cannot get nothing or they cannot understand what is important.
So, teachers have to remember to make goals clearly and try to get students to understand them.

2) Teachers enjoy English!!!

I think that this is most important. Teachers' job is to teach English to students. But If teachers enjoy English classes, students can think that learning is not only tests or examinations to enter high school but also enjoy activities and enjoy to know another countries. I want students to feel that learning English is fun!!! For it, I want to enjoy English with each students.

3) Activities

I think that activities make students' understanding easier. Because in activities, students use their own body. And students can feel English' s interests. So teachers should use activities as many as you can, for example pare works, group works and works with all students. In these activities, teachers advise to students and teachers can take part in them.


I think that these points are important for teachers. So I would like to remember points and enjoy English classes.

Tuesday, May 23, 2006

Tuesday ,23th May 2006
!!My Thesis!!

I have been studying what the new English education of elementary schools should focuse on. This time I want to write about 4 points.
1. What I read.
2. Who wrote it?
3.What he wrote.
4. What I think.

1.what I read
I discovered 中教審初等中東教育分科会 外国語専門部会's homepage. There are some interesting things forme about English education from elementary to hogh schools.

2.who it wrote
Maybe it was wrote by some members of 文部科学省.

3.what they wrote.
I found differences between elementary schools' English education and junior highschools'.
First, in junior high, English Education is to acquire English as language. And they learn their functions.

In elementary school, next points are important.
+make chances to speak and use English.
+grow abilities to listen English (in middle grades)
+grow an attitude to understand, reply and speak actively.
And to write and read.

4. what I think
I think that it is important to grow attitude to try to speak, listen, write and read. And for it, I would like students to feel English is interesting.
I've been reading next book named "The future English education in elementary school ". I want to read more books and know more informations.

Monday, April 17, 2006

Monday, 17th April ,2006
!!About my thesis!!

I am studying English education in elementary schools, now. The name is "English activities" and it is in "総合的な学習の時間". And I think that big difference between other sublects is that English activities don't have goals clearly. They depend on each schools. So I think that English activities are so difficult.

?? How much am I studying???
I have read some books about this activities in library. But I want to read more and know more about it. I don't know what kind of things I am interested in about English activities clearly, but I want to study ways to be good class for children.

??Frame of mind??
Now I am happy because I can know about education through studying for examination to be a teacher. Studying was sometimes so boring. If it was context that I was not interested in. But I think the reason why I did not try to know anything. So I can enjoy studying if I have feeling that I want to learn anything from teachers. But teachers have to work children to study actively. I want to be a teacher who can supply good studying.

Saturday, February 25, 2006

Sunday, 26th Feburary , 2006

I read a book "Eigokyouiku" (The English Teacher's Magagine) written about English education of elementary schools. I am interested in this title.

Now we can hear voices of changing English into English as a subject. I had thought that early start is best for us to study English, but I knew it is not so easy.

In this book, three teachers were discussing about the future English education. I got 2 points from their conversaton.

First, as time which students can learn in school is limited, teachers should try to make cues to bring up " autonmous learners ". Surely, I think it is correct. Teachers had better give them chances to touch English and it is best that students can think that they is interesting and want to learn more and more.

Second, even if English education starts from elementary school or junior high school, it is neccesary to build one pillar. They said that making one image about education through 3 schools, elementary, junior high and high school.

Frankly, I don't know clearly differences between English as a subject and English as activities . But, I think that English subject in elementary schools should be time which students can feel its fun.And then I think that English communication is important. This is from myexperiences, but there are not many reasons and ground . So I want to read more books and get many information and my opinion.

Monday, January 30, 2006

Differences of English classes between Thailand and Japan
Tuesday, 31, January, 2006

I have been in Thailand for 11 days, and taught students English as a teacher in a junior high and a high school. I went there with another 4 members. We had about 16 English classes. Students were so cute and so kind, and we enjoyed eating lunch, playing vollyball, and of course, studying English. Specifically, what I was glad was that I could see students smiles in our classes. It was very difficult to tell all things in English. Because both of students and us are English learners. But, I think that all experiences will be useful for me! I appriciate all teachers in Thaiand and my professors who adviced many many things.
I want to compare English classes of junior high schools between Thailand and Japan.

(1)About Engish classes that we had in Thailand.

We taught them Japanese cultures, Japanese traditional toys and 4 seasons. We decided key sentenses "Which seasons do you like?" or "Do you like ~?" and after we explained seasons and toys, we exercised sentenses. We used the former in classes which we needed to use easy English, and the latter was used for students who can understand easily.
We used pair works and lines to exercise key sentenses. And if they seemed not to understand the sentenses, we showed examples, which we asked these questions each other and asked students. There were some shy students, but it was so useful to show examples. And also we played a game "Seasons basket" like a "Fruits basket". We changed words of fruits to seasons.
And in another classes, what we taught was business telephone English. The reason is that they may use in the future. We made two groups, a clerk group and a customer group, and then played one or two times and changed a role. Next to pare works, some students identified with a clerk and a customer with using a real sell phone and a desk. I thought a role playing with using real things are very fun for students and important to study.

(2)About English classes in Japan ( when I was a junior high school student)

What I remember well about English classes is that learning English is learning words. In text books, there are always new words written in another space than storys. And I had to remember new words' meaning and spellings. And then I learned key grammers and exercised with pairs and with using papers to exercise. I liked playing games and singing English songs, "Let it be." or "Country road".

(3)Differences between Thailand and Japan

I had been in only 11 days and have only 16 classes. So I cannot say with assurance. But I found some differences.
What most I want to say is that it is a difference how to learn English. In Thailand, first, they start oral English, not new words and no grammars. When I saw some English activities to teach students how to speech, teachers taught them sentenses which students need to speech. And students repeated sentenses and tried to remember.And if there were some words which they didn't understand and couldn't remember, a teacher taught them meanings in Thai. In Japan, there is always grammars. I think that many students don't like that. And maybe students in Thai, students don't write wors or sentenses again and again to remember . They did not use pencils but their mouths.

And another difference is the shape of classes. I think it is a big difference. In Japan, the distance from a teacher to students who are sitting a last line is so far. Teachers have to speak the big voice and repeat mnay times, but in Thailand it is nearer than Japan. So we could see all students easily. If teachers want to play game and there are distanse to students, classes may not go smoothly. Students may feel bored. I thought it is important that students can listen what teachers say.


For 11 days, everyday are learning. I learned in school, from culture, from people.
I think that students in Thailand are interested in learning about Japan, because it is difficult for them to go to abroad. For them it may be more difficult than Japanese.
I think that it is certain that Japanese students have interests to foreign countries more or less. So I knew that learning English is not only learning new words and grammars but also knowing foreign countries and there cultures and so on, again.